The SQM Process

Role of the Director

The director in the SQM process was responsible for maintaining the historical groundedness of the research experiment. He worked as advisor and facilitator on all issues related to the cultural and political contexts of the plays and the working practices of the company. Since the original company did not have a director figure, a central goal of the project was to create a company that could direct itself. While the role played by the director was key to the project's success, one of the signs of its success, paradoxically, was that as the process advanced the director became increasingly redundant.

Actors on the Director’s Role

Don Allison Don Allison speaks in depth about the important role the director played in providing cultural context to inform the actors' decisions. Watch the Video.
Paul Hopkins Paul Hopkins feels the director performed in a manner equivalent to Elizabethan playwrights and that the role of the director evolved as the process progressed.
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Derek Genova Derek Genova describes the director as a guide and consultant, and a focus of decision making. He goes on to discuss problems arising from actors giving each other notes about their performances. Watch the Video.
David Kynaston David Kynaston also felt that the director's role evolved. He explains why it was a necessity at the start but then became important only for the final stages of preparation. Watch the Video.
Scott Clarkson Scott Clarkson talks about problems he faced working with master actors and a director. Watch the Video.
Peter Higginson Peter Higginson felt that the director took quite a strong directorial hand at times, but at other times would "direct indirectly." Watch the Video.